People always ask me how I cope with traveling so far so often. Even though I love to travel, it can be stressful. But in visiting over 100 countries I’ve developed strategies for making long trips comfortable. If you’ll be covering a lot of ground and want an experienced traveler’s guide to what to bring, today I want to share my long haul packing list with you. These 5 things will help you travel easy, pack light, and arrive refreshed. And who wouldn’t want that?
Long Haul Packing List
Over the years I’ve learned to rely on a number of things that have revolutionized my relationship with covering great distances, and today I hope my packing list helps make your trips as easy as it’s made mine.
1. Portable Charger
With all the electronics in my travel bag, I always have a portable charger with me. It has saved me a million times, from airports with no power sockets to airplanes with faulty ones. I use it to charge my phone, my eBook reader, my noise-canceling headphones, and all my other electronics. Lightweight and easy to carry, it’s a no-brainer. If you’re in the UK, you can get one here. If you’re in the US, you can get one here.
The next item on my long haul packing list is a good pair of earplugs. Earplugs are a staple, especially when I’m trying to fall asleep on a noisy airplane or in the heart of a city. I’ve tested a million different kinds over the years, and I now swear by Ohropax. Their soft earplugs have helped me sleep blissfully through a lot of loud flights and nights. You can get them here.
3. eBook Reader
The next essential item for a long haul trip is an eBook reader. It’s a lifesaver on those 10-hour flights, not least because it takes up a fraction of the space a 500-page book takes (and I can load multiple 500-page books on it before I travel). It’s also incredibly useful for packing with just a carry-on, as it frees up a lot of room that would otherwise be dedicated to books. You can get one here.
4. Universal Adapter
One of the most useful things I own is a universal adapter. This little gem has plugs for all different global power outlets. No matter where I travel, I can pack it in my bag and know that I’ll have the right plug for the right socket when I arrive. It’s also useful for expats like me, who own some electronics with US plugs and some with UK plugs. Add to that the fact that it comes with a USB charging port, and it’s even helpful when I travel domestically. If you’re in the UK, get one here. If you’re in the US, get one here.
5. Noise-Canceling Headphones
The last thing on my long haul packing list is a good pair of noise-canceling headphones. I swear by my Bose in-ear noise-canceling headphones, which are my keys to surviving long haul flights. Even after having them for a few years, I’m always amazed at how peaceful and relaxing they make my journey. Additionally, they’re so compact they fit in my pocket, which helps with traveling with just a carry-on. These headphones are the most important things I travel with, and I would rather stay home than go without them. You can get them here.
Follow this packing list and you’ll be all set. Happy travels!
How about you? What would you put on your long haul packing list?
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